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Pro Abortion Violence Ignored

Media coverage would lead one to believe that prolifers are violent and prochoicers are hapless victims. The evidence doesn't bear out this stereotype. But when prolifers are the victims of ideological murder or other violence, it's only considered a local story.

Tennessee pro-life state senator Tommy Burks was shot dead on his farm as he prepared equipment for a children's hayride shortly before the 1998 election. A farmhand reported seeing Burks' political opponent, abortion supporter Byron Looper, approach Burks, and heard a "pop sound" before the man sped away, according to a police affidavit. Upon investigating, the farm hand found Burks "slumped over in his truck with blood in his ear." Burks died Oct. 19 from a single gunshot wound near his left eye. A producer for "The Daily Show" on cable television's Comedy Central network said that Looper made derogatory remarks about Burks during an interview three weeks before the killing. The interview was not used due to the murder.
Source: The Tennessean, 10/27/98

Compare the media coverage of this event with any act of violence against a prochoice person by a prolife person. Had Burks been an abortion supporter, and Looper been a prolifer, the ATF and FBI would have convened a special task force to investigate and look for a conspiracy. All the networks would have given extensive coverage to the killing, which would have been characterized as yet another example of anti-abortion violence. Vigils would have been held around the nation about how nobody who is prochoice is safe from them violent anti-aboritonists. But because the victim was prolife and the suspect was prochoice, it was just dismissed as a little local matter.

Abortion advocate Eileen Orstein Janezic held police at bay for six hours after gunning down pro-life minister Jerry Simon. Simon, 51, had hosted a local radio show with his wife. During the standoff, Janezic read aloud passages from Anton LeVay's "Satanic Bible."
Source: World, 9/18/93

Actor Alec Baldwin, a pro-abortionist and a prominent Clinton defender, said on the December 16, 1998 "Conan O'Brien Show;" "I am thinking to myself in other countries they are laughing at us 24 hours a day, and I'm thinking to myself if we were in other countries, we would all right now, all of us together [starts to shout] all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death. We would stone him to death! [crowd cheers] Wait! Shut up! No, shut up! I'm not finished! We would stone Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and we'd kill their wives and their children! We would kill their families!"

A former employee of abortionist Bruce Lucero testified that Lucero asked for a baseball bat then got a tire iron and went outside his New Woman Health Care and assaulted a protester, hitting him in the back and arm. While on trial for the assault, he was escorted to the judge’s chambers by two police officers and convicted of contempt for continuing to talk during the trial after the judge instructed him to be silent. Lucero was given a suspended sentence and fine. A security specialist testified that Lucero told security guards that he wanted the protesters "hurt," and that just prior to his testifying he received a phone call threatening his family. One article on Lucero states that in another incident Lucero slammed a man into a post while the man was talking to a patient about to enter the building; the man was treated by paramedics at the scene.
Sources: Birmingham News 7-3-91, 3-21-93; Post-Herald 11-14-90

Prolifers aren't the only targets of prochoice violence. Abortion employees and process servers are also victims of violence by abortion supporters.

Abortionist Curlee Ross had an assault and battery complaint filed against him by Lilliam Mackey alleging that Ross beat her about the face and body, causing her injury, evidently when she was serving papers on him. Ross settled the case out of court for $1500.
Source: LA County Superior Court Case No. C34287

Abortionist George J. Collins faced an assault and battery claim by Mary E. Jones. Jones alleged that Collins swung her by the arm and shoulder, causing her "bruises, lacerations and contusions over her entire body ... serious injuries to her ribs and back, to her head and to her hips, and to the bones, muscles and ligaments thereof. Her answers to interrogatories indicate she was a medical assistant at the time.
Source: LA County Superior Court Case No. 949816

Since people think that if it's not on the network news, it didn't happen, prochoice violence is mostly invisible. Only those who really want to know find out about these attacks.

Some folks may say, "So? The Burks murder, and some of these other crimes, have as much to do with pro-abortion sentiment as the murder of Ron Goldman (presumably by O.J. Simpson) had to do with anti-semitism." But the point here is the media coverage. When John Salvi went off the deep end and shot up two abortion facilities, killing two women, his motives had nothing to do with abortion. Salvi was psychotic, and thought that the KKK and the Freemasons were conspiring to drive Catholics out of the labor market. He chose abortion facilities for his shooting spree largely because of the attention such a shooting would attract. The media, however, ignored the real motive -- a psychotic belief in an anti-Catholic conspiracy -- and latched onto the abortion angle. These crimes by abortion supporters, on the other hand, are ignored.

Why don't the mainstream news sources report on violence by prochoicers or violence against prolifers? Tell us in the Forum.

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